New Lab Matters: Where in the world has your food been?

New Lab Matters: Where in the world has your food been?

The World Bank values the global food and agriculture sector at around $4.8 trillion. In the United States alone, more than 90% of seafood offered for sale comes from abroad, as well as half the fresh fruit on the market, 20% of fresh vegetables and 4% of meat and poultry products. So how much coordination is there between producers, exporters, importers and retailers to ensure that the food we’re about to eat has been packaged and prepared according to regulatory standards? The complex answer involves food regulators, inspectors, health authorities and, of course, laboratory scientists.

The feature article of the spring edition of Lab Matters looks at the vast, complicated world of international food safety, as well as the invaluable contributions of the ever-evolving PulseNet network.

Here are just a few of this issue’s highlights:

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